Murder rocker Cantat arrives back in France

28th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

TOULOUSE, France, Sept 28 (AFP) - French rocker Bertrand Cantat, sentenced in March by a Lithuanian court to eight years in prison for beating his actress lover Marie Trintignant to death, returned to France Tuesday to serve out his term.

TOULOUSE, France, Sept 28 (AFP) - French rocker Bertrand Cantat, sentenced in March by a Lithuanian court to eight years in prison for beating his actress lover Marie Trintignant to death, returned to France Tuesday to serve out his term.  

Cantat, who left the Lithuanian capital Vilnius early Tuesday, arrived shortly before midday (1000 GMT) at the airport in the southwestern city of Toulouse, according to an AFP correspondent at the scene.  

The 41-year-old former frontman for the group Noir Desir, his head covered by a black jacket, left the plane under police escort after the other passengers.  

He was put into an unmarked police car, which left for an unknown destination.  

Cantat was found guilty on March 29 of causing the death of Trintignant during a violent fight in their Vilnius hotel room in July 2003. The case shocked and captivated France.  

The 41-year-old French actress died nearly a week later of swelling to the brain.  

Cantat - imprisoned in Vilnius since the incident - had requested that he be allowed to complete his eight-year jail term in France, where he would be closer to his family.   Sources close to the singer say he could be incarcerated in Muret, some 25 kilometers (15 miles) southwest of Toulouse.  

Trintignant - the daughter of veteran French film star Jean-Louis Trintignant - had been in Vilnius to shoot a television movie about the French writer Colette, directed by her mother Nadine, when she died.  

Cantat testified that he had slapped Trintignant hard four times in their hotel room when a row, sparked by jealousy, spun horribly out of control.  

An autopsy concluded that the actress died from the blows.

© AFP

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